INFORMATION FROM SEVERAL OF THE
FUR TRADE QUARTERLIES.
at the St. Louis and other museums and several
other Fur Trade sources, found many references
from 1803, 1822, 1825,1826, 1832, 1834, 1835, 1837
and 1839 to a number of items available.
first is just a small sampling of "Supply
Invoices" from 1822, 1825, 1835.
second item you will find is a sampling of remarks
of a few, and their thoughts about some edibles.
third is another sampling of some information on
field seeds, vegetables, herbs and apples - a
little history on the more popular ones.
over this information and the amount of trade that
was going on out of
its a pretty slim inventory for a variety of
edibles when you consider what was available.
List of John McKnight / Partner of General Thomas
this is the list:
5 lbs Glauber Salts 1 dz peppermint
1 Box wafers 12 lbs sugar
1 (?) Hyson tea 1 (?) Bohea tea
1 (?) China Black tea
Oct 21st & 29th 1822
Purchased of the American Fur Co. St. Louis /
Samuel Abbott Agent
Inventory of Goods available at the 1825
Rendezvous on Henry's Fork of the Green River,
from Wm. Ashley's diary
2 bags coffee 1 hams goods
2 Tobacco 2 packs sugar
2.5 kegs tea
3 Bags coffee 200 lbs.
130 lbs Bale & Bag Sugar
of mdze shipped on Steam Boat Diana C.A. Halstead
Master bound for the
and Consigned to Messr Laidlaw and Lamont for acct
and risk of upper Missouri Outfit 1835 and under
mark as in the margin.
4 boxes Y.H. tea 5 loaves ( ? ) sugar
2 boxes shaving soap 4 boxes com soap
1 barrel rice 4 bales oakum
2 barrels water crackers 2 barrels each navy pilot
1/2 barrels molasses Keg 50 15 gls 1 hlf barrel
? bottle pepper sauce 2 boxes raisins
2 boxes cod fish 1 Lexington mustard
2 lb refined borax 1/2 dz. lime juice
2 oz nut megs 2 oz cloves
1/2 dz. ground ginger 1 gal blue grass seed (for a
7 kegs 6 twist to pound tobacco
2 kegs 2 twist to pound tobacco
1 keg 1 twist to pound tobacco 5 kegs 8 twist to
7 boxes brown Havana sugar 5 sacks Grod Al Salt 1
box cavandish tobacco 10 barrel pork
6 bags coffee 1 barrel bacon hams
40 barrels flour
was a common trade item on the
and Mississippi Rivers in the late 1700’s, but
as researchers agree, it was available for ones
that could afford the price, not an item a
traveler or hunter would likely have. More of an
item found in the settlements or at a fort trading
Bay leaves, Cayenne pepper, Pepper corn, Cinnamon
sticks, Cloves-whole, Garlic-granules, Ginger
root-dried, Mustard seed-whole, Nutmeg-whole,
Pepper-crushed red, Rose hips-seedless, these are
the more common and the list would change with the
area one is living in.
Compagnie: Vanilla bean was a favorite of the
A blend of coffee and vanilla for a correct drink
Officer: choice of government and fur trade
a special blend. 1650-1780.
Fe Trail: Used through out the S/W of
a blend of coffee and chocolate. 1760-1830.
Spanish Governors to Army Officers of the S/W
along with fur trade Factors involved with the
trade, favored this coffee. 1600-1850.
the Colonies (manuf in N. Amer.): A collection of
beans and nuts blended to the common man’s
taste. Used through out the colonies. 1610-1810.
Beans (Green /not roasted ): Coffee beans have
been imported from the coffee capitals of the
world, for centuries by the English, French,
Spanish and American ships, taken to their home
where the most popular ports.
single-tile; Pressed cured blocks of tea, from
Yunnan province, used as a currency for hundreds
of years, traded in Europe and N. America in the
earliest markets known.
powder; Course granulation tea that resembles
cannon powder, a quarter teaspoon in a 1/2 pt of
boiling water produces a pleasant cup of tea.
Small leaf green tea, name means "bright
spring", a good period tea for any camp.
Black orange pekoe, many recipes for this tea can
be found through out history, was a very popular
trade item, found on most supply lists.
Black; The tea that started the "Tea
and is still a leader today, in markets around the
sugar (bag), Maple sugar (cake), brown cane sugar
"Havana Brown", Muscavado-cone, Cone
sugar-piloncillo, "Hat" * of sugar
(paper wrp), Round block sugar, Spiced chocolate,
Chocolate (ibarra), Muscavado (in corn husk)
is though that this is where the term "I’ll
eat my hat" originated, wrapped in blue paper
that can be used in dying cloth goods.
and ibarra are still molded in the same design
form as the originals in a museum in
Sea salt (sun dried), Orsa salt (sun dried)
English walnuts (meats), Pignolia (pine nuts), Sun
flower seed (raw), Spanish peanuts (raw), Pumpkin
Apples, Peaches, Pears
Elk, Antelope, Bear and any other available that
could be jerked.
Until next time, we leave as friends and followers of
those that went before us.